Health and Safety Legislation and Policy

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) law underlies virtually every aspect of work of an OHS practitioner and so an understanding of OHS law is key. This course focusses on the basic responsibilities assigned by the legislation, and the reading and interpreting of such statue. The goal of this course is to allow the OHS practitioner to better comprehend and apply all types of OHS and OHS-related statutory requirements.

Currently not available for registration.

Course schedule: Classes run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT via online-supported remote delivery.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the three branches within the structure of the Canadian government and the structure of the Canadian court system
  • Explain the types of law including the key terms and their implications to an OHS practitioner
  • Describe how OHS law is created federally and provincially
  • Identify sources of OHS law and OHS-related law in B.C. as well as under federal jurisdiction
  • Discuss and communicate your understanding of how to apply the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
  • Describe the concept of the Internal Responsibility System and employer responsibilities with regard to inspectors and investigation
  • Describe how WSBC officers conduct inspections and investigation
  • Describe the informal and formal system for OHS appeals

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Group discussions
  • Assignments
  • Exams

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on two exams, one written assignment and individual participation. You’re expected to attend all 39 hours of classes, engage in discussions and review all handouts.  

Textbooks and learning materials

No textbooks are required for this course. All course materials will be made available to you online.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page.